Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers (7-4) avoided being handed their third straight loss on Monday Night Football, leaving FedEx Field with a momentous road win over a crumbling Washington football team.
Better yet, the level to which they performed, offensively and defensively, said a lot about this team's prospects of picking up a few more W's with five games left in December.
As the playoff picture begins to take shape, the Niners had a timely showing, reminding the rest of the league they're here to compete.
Even without the team's star running back performing at a high level, Colin Kaepernick showed signs of life, while the 49ers defense eroded Washington from its offensive line on out. Overall, it was a commanding performance that even yielded positives from supporting players like Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Vance McDonald.
If you're in the NFC, watching San Francisco play total-team football in the winter months can be a scary thing. Here's what we learned from seeing how the Niners performed in Week 12.
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